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8:13am

Thu March 13, 2014
Politics

Measure Would Prohibit Teacher Licensure Rules

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would prohibit standardized test scores from being tied to teacher licensing is advancing in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville was approved in the Senate Education Committee 7-2 on Wednesday.

The Tennessee Department of Education recommended the new licensure policy, and the State Board of Education voted in August to support it. However, the board changed its stance in January.

Bell's legislation would prevent the policy from taking effect if the board approves it.

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10:19am

Tue March 11, 2014
Politics

Bill Gives Students Free Religious Expression

Credit gideons.org

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would allow a student to express a religious belief in a school assignment has passed the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Courtney Rogers of Goodlettsville was overwhelmingly approved 90-2 on Monday.

Under the proposal, a student could express beliefs about religion in homework, artwork and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content.

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12:30pm

Mon March 10, 2014
Politics

Tenn. House Looks at "Merry Christmas" Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state House is scheduled to take up legislation Monday night that would protect schools from lawsuits for allowing traditional winter celebrations, or religious displays.

The Senate version of the bill was unanimously approved 30-0 last month.

The legislation says schools can display scenes or symbols associated with such celebrations on school property, if the display includes more than one religion, or one religion and at least one secular scene or symbol. Messages that encourage adherence to a particular religious belief are prohibited.

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12:27pm

Mon March 10, 2014
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Clarksville Baby Dead, Mom to Get Mental Evaluation

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Court records show the arraignment of a Tennessee woman charged in the death of her infant daughter has been postponed until she undergoes a mental health evaluation.

The Leaf Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1irH055) reports 24-year-old Stefany Paige Johnson had been scheduled to appear in court Monday morning on a charge of criminal homicide. She is being held without bail at the Montgomery County jail.

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5:19pm

Wed March 5, 2014
Politics

Senate Leaders Threaten UT Funding Over Sex Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican leaders in the state Senate are warning that new funding for the University of Tennessee could be threatened over the use of student fees for a weeklong program about sex.

Senate Education Chairwoman Dolores Gresham of Somerville and Government Operations Chairman Mike Bell of Riceville in a letter to university leaders Wednesday call the use of fees for the student-run Sex Week an "abuse" of funds.

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